Dukes’ new season

The Dukes - Pierrepoint - A Hangman's Tale
The Dukes - Pierrepoint - A Hangman's Tale
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Famous names past and present play their part in The Dukes forthcoming season in Lancaster.

Outlaw Robin Hood and England’s most famous hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, are central characters in two 2013 Dukes productions.

For its return to walkabout theatre in Lancaster’s Williamson Park, The Dukes has chosen Robin Hood, an all-new action packed production, running from July 5 to August 10.

Robin Hood ends a season which begins with The Dukes co-production of Pierrepoint – The Hangman’s Tale (pictured right) from January 31 to February 23.

This play about England’s last hangman tells how Pierrepoint combined his job as a Lancashire pub landlord with being the country’s official executioner.

The season’s second production is Savage Children which features two plays. Mirad, Boy From Bosnia (May 21 to 22) and Wild Girl (May 23 to 25) are about children from very different worlds, based on real historical events and question the notions of family, freedom and children’s rights.

Making their Dukes debuts in 2013 are the nationally renowned company, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory with their full cast production of Two Gentlemen of Verona from May 7 to 11 and Northern Ballet, one of the UK’s premier ballet companies with their bite-sized, child friendly show Ugly Duckling on April 5.

The Waving Cat of Japan featuring sign language arts, puppets and traditional Japanese imagery is another treat for young children on May 25.

Northern Broadsides return from February 19 to 23 with Rutherford & Son directed by Jonathan Miller. This unflinching portrayal of an industrial Edwardian family stars Wendi Peters who played Cilla Battersby Brown in Coronation Street.

Comedy continues its popular run at The Dukes with Jason Manford, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Zoe Lyons and John Shuttleworth all lined up

Agony aunt Virginia Ironside is Growing Old Disgracefully on May 2 in one of two Listen Up at The Dukes events this season which also features record breaking British mountaineer, Kenton Cool on February 27.

And the best of the Edinburgh Fringe is brought to Lancaster on April 23 and 24 with The Trench, an award winning new play set in World War One.

Performances by and for young people are an important strand of The Dukes new season including the return of University of Cumbria students with Lady Windermere’s Fan from January 16 to 19 and Equus from January 23 to 26.

And Wasted, a play by Kate Tempest, the UK’s most exciting performance poet, on March 12 is followed on March 25 by Whole, a play about a group of Liverpool teenagers.

Also in March, The Dukes Senior Youth Theatre present We Lost Elijah as part of the 2013 National Theatre Connections Festival and the Dukes Young Actors & Young Company, who stormed the theatre with The Unsociables last spring, perform their version of Hamlet from April 16 to 20.

For full details of The Dukes coming season ring the box office on (01524) 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.